Here’s Why I’m Having A Cow Over Beef

Here’s Why I’m Having A Cow Over Beef

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, this post may look familiar to you.  That’s because it’s based off of a post that I wrote two summers ago entitled “Moo-ve Over, Beef!”.  The original post was lost when I started AFTW 2.0, so I decided to update it and repost it.

This post pains me to write.  Here’s the thing…I love hamburgers.  Love them, love them, love them!

But this must be said. 

Dramatic?  Maybe.  But bear with me for a moment.

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The problem:

As you (hopefully) know, burgers can be made with turkey, chicken, or pork, but they are most commonly made with beef.  Cows are notorious for their gas.  Every time they burp, they produce methane.  Methane is a greenhouse gas, that has been known to contribute to climate change. (remember this post?) On average, cows generate 500 litres of methane every day!  Yikes!

Another problem with cattle ranching, that is, raising cows for beef, is the amount of land that it takes up.  Every year, forests are cut down just so that there is room for cattle farmers.  In fact, 80% of Amazon rainforest deforestation is related directly to cattle ranching.  This is ridiculous, considering that the Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen!  Are we willing to give that up just for the odd hamburger?

The solution:

By cutting down on the amount of meat that we eat, we can reduce the number of cows that are raised only for beef. Congratulations if you are vegan or vegetarian, you are already doing your part to help the planet!  On the other hand, most people (including me) eat meat regularly.  Even if you fit into the latter category, you can still help the planet by reducing the amount of meat that you consume!

Here’s a challenge for everyone out there: Give up meat for just one day every week.  By doing so, you can significantly reduce your ecological footprint, help stop deforestation, and improve own health!

meat free monday

Meat Free Monday is a non-profit campaign to raise awareness of the environmental impacts of eating meat regularly.  Their mission is to encourage people to give up meat for just one day a week.  I encourage everyone to take part in this great initiative!

Do you have a great meat-free recipe?  Are you a meat-oholic like me?  Tell me in the comments!

-Asha M.

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